YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Social Security must remain untouched
For months, Washington has been obsessed with one commission after another that will supposedly agree on a grand plan to reduce the nation’s debt. What all these commissions, Gangs, and committees have in common is that they are closed-door meetings proposing cuts to the programs I care about, especially Social Security. Now I read that a “super-Congress” is being proposed.
After months of this squabbling, it’s time to say: no more commissions or committees. Our leaders should have the courage to tell us what they’re saying behind closed doors. If the debt commissions of the past are any guide, they are discussing major cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and that simply can’t stand. There’s a reason politicians are too afraid to discuss these cuts in public.
Social Security cuts should not be included in any plan to reduce the deficit. The bottom line is that cuts to Social Security benefits are not acceptable, and if my member of Congress or senators vote for it, I will do everything I can to make sure their time in Washington comes to an end.
Linda Fountaine

Sheriff doesn’t need radar for traffic law
Recently, in an article about the candidates for sheriff in Lee County, all expressed a wish the Legislature would amend the law to allow radar to be used in the department. After seeing the current sheriff’s deputies giving speeding tickets on a county road, radar would only add to the tickets.
No speed difference has been noticed by me on this road. There are still those few who drive recklessly and at twice the speed limit. Most drivers exceed the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour. A little lady was driving only five miles over the limit the other day, and seven cars were backed up behind her when she turned off the road.
For the poor folks that had to pay a ticket for driving normally on this road, I say the problem is the too low speed limit. The sheriff’s department made a few extra bucks at their expense, and their car insurance went up.
My point is that the Legislature is protecting the average driver from the speed traps that were common in Alabama and Georgia before the Interstate system freed up travel to Atlanta. I heard a story about a speed trap in a small Alabama town that was so bad that the Governor of Alabama paid for a billboard just outside this town warning of the speed trap ahead. This happened in the sixties.
Sheriff Johnson does not need radar!

Liberal comments irk conservative Catholic
I am grievously distressed by Galen Holley’s June 24 article on “Informed Dissent” in the “church.” While I and several other Catholics of like-mind were never surveyed or interviewed, very liberal thinking people (Catholics and Protestants alike) were interviewed for their input based on that criteria.
A perfect example is Ms. Oswalt with her “Informed conscience” that she refers to as a “Catholic.” This concerns me most deeply as a Catholic because my Catholic faith defines my humanity at a depth that could not be described here. Her definition of an “informed conscience” is skewed in that our personal consciences can be informed by the “Enemy.”
John 10:10 informs us that we are at war, but there is an offer of life. Satan, although defeated, is still present in our lives today with “His” agenda. He presents an alternative to the Truth that “sounds” compassionate. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) in paragraph 1782, can confirm Ms. Oswalt’s statement, but 1783 continues with, “conscience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened … The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings”. It further states , in paragraph 1864, “Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” – Matt. 12:31.
No judgment considered here; only attempting to serve as a bridge for those who may have perceived the Catholic Church as liberal in its teachings! It most certainly is not! The Roman Catholic Church’s 2,000-year history has enough stripes and wounds of suffering in its teachings to prove it. Although Ms. Oswalt struggles with some church teachings; to reject authority that is led by the Holy Spirit to “nourish, heal, and organize them in their mutual functions” (CCC 739) is the greater sin! May we all learn to love each other and understand each others’ crosses with compassion and mercy and live a life of transformation and transcendence to the “Truth”!
Kathy Anderson Rodgers

Democrats not serious about cutting spending
Are President Obama and Democrats really serious about cutting spending, reducing deficits and restoring fiscal sanity to the federal budget? Or have the past few months been a big charade to so scare Americans about a possible technical default that the tax-and-spenders will once again be given free rein. Let’s look at the evidence.
The 2012 budget that Obama released in February ignored the recommendations of his own deficit reduction commission and was so fiscally irresponsible that even Senate Democrats voted against it.
When the issue of raising the debt limit first surfaced – and for weeks thereafter – Obama, Secretary Geithner and congressional Democrats all clamored for a “‘clean” increase bill. Nothing about offsetting cuts, nothing about a “grand” plan to deal with the deficit and debt, nothing about entitlement reform.
When Obama finally engaged in negotiations about raising the debt limit, he insisted on tax increases of one sort or another.
The best way to increase revenue to the federal government over the long haul is economic recovery and growth.
You decide.
Ruth Steyn

Click video to hear audio